The final instalment of the Pop -Up Sessions for Last.fm and HP is almost here. On the 12th December you can see Brooklyn based New Yorkers, ‘We Are Augustines’ play an intimate FREE show at The Book Club in London.
Emotionally driven, stadium-ready behemoths ‘We Are Augustines’ are set to take the stage for an exclusive low-level, but special performance next week. On the 12th December in association with Last.fm and HP, the band will perform for FREE at The Book Club in East London. What has become a very successful run of pop-up sessions to showcase fresh new talent and promote HP’s ‘Everybody On’ campaign.
I myself will be making it along to the Book Club next Monday to be part of what will become a ‘were you there’ type event. As a little taster of what to expect, here is We Are Augustine’s ‘Book Of James…’
The next instalment of the Last.fm and HP Pop-Up Sessions in association with the ‘Everybody On’ campaign, is here and features the splendid ‘Leisure Society’.
The Leisure Society
A couple of weeks ago saw The Leisure Society perform an intimate set at the Tamesis Dock in London. Watch this exclusive video of their performance and what the band had to say about their music, the recording process and what the ‘power of sound’ means to them.
So as quickly as my story about DELS pop-up session goes up for Last.fm and HP, I am pleased to announce the next show right here, right now for you. The brilliant rustic folk-pop goodness of The Leisure Society will be gracing the high seas, well the River Thames, at the Tamesis Dock on Thursday 24th November at 8.30pm.
The Leisure Society
The Leisure Society is the brain child of lead songwriter, Nick Hemming, who started his musical endeavours about 10 years ago. Becoming close friends with actor Paddy Considine and director Shane Meadows, saw Hemming score two of Meadows’ films, A Room For Romeo Brass and Dead Man’s Shoes. Everything seemed to change with the arrival of Christian Hardy, who convinced Nick to start singing again. Since then, The Leisure Society was created and the band was formed. With their debut album ‘The Sleeper’, released in 2009 to critical acclaim, this year saw the fantastic ‘Into The Murky Water’ released May of this year.
So if you would like to see The Leisure Society perform for free and in a unique setting, please read on…
It is the Tamesis Dock on the Albert Embankment and the gig will be absolutely FREE. Just turn up before 8.30pm on the 24th November and watch the delightful Leisure Society do what they do best.
And it’s back, the Last.fm and HP collaboration has made its return. With such a great reception on it’s previous set of exclusive pop-up sessions around London, HP and Last.fm have decided to team up again. Some of the last sessions that took place a couple of months ago saw the likes of Slow Club, The Boxer Rebellion and Ghostpoet perform for free to small and intimate crowds. On this occasion HP have an Everybody On global campaign, celebrating how people around the world are using HP technology to pursue their personal and professional passions. The first of these new pop-up sessions comes from underground rapper, DELS.
DELS (aka Kieran Dickens) sees himself as more than a rapper, someone who has attention to detail and prides himself on his wordplay. DELS says of himself…
“never set out to be a rapper. It just happened. I was always obsessed with words. I was always cutting out random letterforms from newspapers or books because I liked the way that they sat on the page visually. This lead to me scribbling random thoughts into the back of school books and eventually picking up the mic to record those thoughts on a beat. I loved the freedom of how words can sit together in hip hop.”
DELS played the Lock Tavern in Camden on the 7th November. It was a free but intimate gathering and this is how it went….
Alongside the live sessions HP have created a Facebook hub called the Artist’s Lounge which you can ‘Like’ and can become part of. Exclusive content from some big summer shows and watch interviews with artists who took questions from people part of the HP Facebook community.
As previously announced through Sourmash Music, Hewlett Packard and Last.fm collaborated on a series of pop up sessions throughout London. The impromptu gigs were put together to celebrate HP’s audio beats technology in some of their new product lines. The sessions have been filmed by Black Cab Sessions and Mercury Prize Nominated Ghostpoet, performed at the last of these special shows.
Ghostpoet Live At The Big Chill Bar
The sessions have seen Slow Club perform in Soho Square and The Boxer Rebellion in Carnaby Street. The final of these pop up sessions saw the London based rapper/singer perform at The Big Chill Bar in Brick Lane. For those that were there, it was a special and unique performance from the recent Merucry Nominee. The session was filmed and also a short interview with the man himself can be viewed just below us here…..
Alongside these shows, HP are giving their Facebook Community exclusive content captured by Last.fm. Featuring interviews and sessions filmed all over this summers big festivals, so go check that out too!